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Monday, January 25, 2016
Ten Things You Need to Know Today - Monday, January 25, 2016
Good Monday morning from Salt Lake City. There are 341 days left in 2016.
Bloomberg is eyeing an independent run for the White House. Utah lawmakers get back to work today. Utahns support the effort to take control of public lands.
- Today is the opening day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (1/25/2016)
- Seven days to the 2016 Iowa Caucus - (2/1/2016)
- 15 days to the 2016 New Hampshire Primary - (2/9/2016)
- 45 days to the final day of the 2016 Utah Legislature - (3/10/2016)
- 57 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic caucus meetings (3/22/2016)
- 89 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic State Conventions (4/23/2016)
- 155 days to the 2016 Utah primary election - (6/28/2016)
- 288 days until the 2016 presidential election - (11/8/2016)
Monday's top-10 headlines:
- Billionaire and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering an independent run for president [Wall Street Journal, ABC News].
- Donald Trump boasts that he could "stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot someone" without losing support from voters [CNN].
- The lastest election forecast gives Trump a 55% chance of winning the Iowa caucuses [FiveThirtyEight].
- Tina Fey reprises her role as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live and fricassees the former Vice Presidential nominee [Time].
- 94% of the campaign cash given to Utah legislators came from special interest groups, not constituents [Tribune].
- A majority of Utahns support the effort to wrest control of public lands within the state away from the federal government [Utah Policy].
- As the 2016 Utah Legislature gets underway today, Democrats and activists continue to decry closed caucus meetings by legislative Republicans [Deseret News].
- Some of the big issues lawmakers expect to tackle this year (in no particular order):
- Medicaid expansion [Deseret News].
- Guns [Deseret News].
- Liquor policy [Tribune].
- Air quality [Deseret News].
- Online sales tax [Fox 13].
- Gov. Gary Herbert says he's skeptical of a plan, pushed by Democrats, boost funding for public schools [Utah Policy].
- Nearly 70% of Utah Mormons support the LDS Church's new policy on same-sex couples while non-Mormons are decidedly opposed [Tribune].
On this day in history:
- 1533 - King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.
- 1787 - Shays' Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass.
- 1915 - Transcontinental phone service was inaugurated by Alexander Graham Bell in a hookup between New York and San Francisco.
- 1961 - Newly inaugurated President John Kennedy had the first televised presidential news conference.
Today At Utah Policy
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Salt Lake Tribune
Rolly: Utahns lambaste their legislators but vote for them anyway
Op-ed: State film subsidy is handout to Hollywood billionaires
Op-ed: Keep Utah’s language education momentum going through high school
Editorial: Computers over teachers? Not the question
Editorial: Another constitutional amendment won’t fix Utah schools
Lawmakers rake in cash from special interests
Majority of Utahns wants to scrap state’s monopoly on booze
Major work coming for I-215 in western Salt Lake County
Growing pains: Discord at Glendale Community Council
UTA doubles Capitol bus service for legislative session
Utah guv’s George Carlin-inspired ‘Que pasa’ remark offends some Latino lawmakers
Utahns air tortoise vs. road dispute at congressional field hearing
Despite setbacks and cost, Utahns still want health care for poor
Utahns divided on public-lands transfer, Lyman punishment
Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Utah Legislature blasting off with election-year session
John Florez: Open the people's house
Lane Beattie: Business leadership key to our economic success
Jay Evensen; End fighting over public lands in the state
Editorial: Utahns need to understand and appreciate the value of their citizen Legislature
Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington County land plans
Health care services executive enters Utah governor's race
UTA adds extra bus service to state Capitol during legislative session
Salt Lake City leaders seeking Legislature's help in addressing air quality, homelessness
Public lands 'listening' session brings howls of complaints against feds
Rising penalties drive Utahns to sign up for health care, but concerns grow
Behind closed doors: Public decisions made in private
Utah Dems look ahead, celebrate at annual legislative gala
President Harrison billboards teach a lesson to Utah's lieutenant governor
Utah lawmakers get creative with Medicaid expansion
Utah lawmakers to grapple with gun issues
No insurance, but still clinging to hope
Redd: Many Utahns may support Medicaid expansion, but it's not that simple (Logan Herald Journal)
Editorial: It's time to take away the state GOP's power (Daily Herald)
Issues to watch for during the upcoming Utah legislative session (Daily Herald)
Editorial: Governor Herbert, tear down this Zion Curtain (Standard-Examiner)
Utah lawmakers gear up for the 2016 legislative session (Standard-Examiner)
Bloomberg trial balloon has Republicans laughing (Politico)
Iowa’s Des Moines Register endorses Clinton, Rubio (Politico)
Federal government closed Monday (The Hill)
Trump takes credit for Sanders momentum (The Hill)
Sanders: Clinton is running a ‘desperate’ campaign that lacks excitement (Washington Post)
Joni Ernst to campaign with Rubio Monday (Washington Examiner)
Meet the New Hampshire newspaper publisher who’s at war with Donald Trump (Washington Post)
Sanders, Clinton cool to Bloomberg's possible entry into 2016 race (Reuters)
Poll: Donald Trump gained 15 points on Ted Cruz in Iowa in two weeks (Washington Post)
Why President Obama Says He Wouldn't Want to Run for a Third Term (ABC News)
Bear market unlikely to trigger U.S. recession, history shows (MarketWatch)
Looking for Truth
"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair." C. S. Lewis Brainy Quote
"At a Donald Trump rally in Oklahoma, Sarah Palin called President Obama a “weak-kneed capitulator in chief." When asked if she knows what a capitulator is, she said, "Of course I do — it's one of those worms that turns into a butterfly!" Jimmy Fallon Political Humor